US extends non-essential travel restrictions with Canada and Mexico

08/20/2021

Source: CNN

The US is extending non-essential travel restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico through at least September 21, the Department of Homeland Security announced Friday, citing the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

“In coordination with public health and medical experts, DHS continues working closely with its partners across the United States and internationally to determine how to safely and sustainably resume normal travel,” the department tweeted.

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US seeing ‘unprecedented’ migration at border with Mexico

08/13/2021

Source: Al Jazeera

The United States is encountering “unprecedented” numbers of people trying to illegally cross the US-Mexico border, according to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

“The situation at the border is one of the toughest challenges we face. It is complicated, changing and involves vulnerable people at a time of a global pandemic,” Mayorkas told reporters in Brownsville, Texas on Thursday.

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Authorities seize unauthorized COVID-19 treatments bound for Mexico

06/23/21

Source: The Hill

Federal authorities have reportedly seized more than a hundred shipments of unauthorized versions of the COVID-19 treatment remdesivir bound for Mexico in recent months. 

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that people familiar with the investigation said the shipments were seized by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at various U.S. airports after they arrived by plane from Bangladesh and India. 

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Migration at US-Mexico border still high, despite Biden’s efforts

06/10/2021

Source: Aljazeera

The number of migrants arriving in the United States through its southern border with Mexico remained high during the month of May, despite sustained diplomatic efforts by the Biden administration to stem the surge.

According to statistics published by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), 180,034 people were apprehended along the US-Mexico border in May, up slightly from 178,622 the previous month.

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DHS: Around 6,000 asylum-seekers have been returned to Mexico to await immigration hearings

5/21/2019 – CNN

asylum_tijuana_caravan_1222By Priscilla Alvarez

The US has returned around 6,000 asylum seekers to Mexico while they await their immigration proceedings, the Department of Homeland Security told CNN on Tuesday. The individuals have been returned under the Migrant Protection Protocols policy, informally known as Remain in Mexico, that requires some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their immigration hearing.

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Immigration Reform 2015: DHS Decreases Deportations, Integrates Undocumented Immigrants

7/2/15 International Business Times

DHS Logo Photo by Flickr user Raymond Yee Under the direction of the Obama administration, the Department of Homeland Security has started changing the enforcement of United States immigration laws, focusing on integrating long-term undocumented immigrants instead of deporting them. The DHS has shifted its methods of enforcement to target only three groups of undocumented immigrants for deportation: convicted criminals, terrorism threats or those who recently crossed the border, according to the Washington Post.

The new policies push agents to ignore the majority of undocumented immigrants except for the three focus groups, and come amid legal challenges to the President Barack Obama’s executive action from last year, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, which protected roughly 5 million eligible undocumented immigrants from deportation who have children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents before a federal judge put a stay on its enforcement until the conclusion of the lawsuits.

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US: First Step to End Family Immigration Detention

6/25/15 Human Rights Watch

Army detentions MichoacanThe United States Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to scale back its use of family immigration detention could help thousands of children and mothers who are fleeing persecution, Human Rights Watch said today. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on June 24, 2015, that the Obama administration was committed to “substantial changes” to family immigration detention.

The greatest benefit would be for families who are seeking asylum in the US, Human Rights Watch said. Johnson said that “once a family has established eligibility for asylum or other relief under our laws, long-term detention is an inefficient use of our resources and should be discontinued.”

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DHS chief predicts victory in legal fight over immigration

6/8/15 The Washington Post

DHS Logo Photo by Flickr user Raymond Yee Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson predicted Monday  that federal courts will ultimately allow the Obama administration to proceed with its plans to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

“I believe we will prevail,” Johnson said of the legal battle that has forced DHS to halt preparations to move forward with President Obama’s controversial executive actions announced in November. A federal judge and an appeals court have temporarily blocked the measures, which would make up to 5 million undocumented immigrants eligible for deportation relief, including undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

“Our lawyers at the Department of Justice say we have the legal authority to do this,” Johnson said in a speech about the nation’s immigration system at Rice University in Houston. He added that the president’s actions, known as deferred action, are “the right thing to do. …Over and over again, in the life of this nation, there have been classes of people who, by virtue of their race, gender, religion, or nationality, exist on the margins of society and struggle to seek our acceptance.”

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Contractor for Israel’s apartheid wall to build US border wall

Border fenceWorld Bulletin, 3/2/14

One of the two lead contractors for Israel’s apartheid wall in the occupied West Bank, Elbit Systems, has won a $145 million contract from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide similar systems on the Mexico-US border. According to Electronic Intifada report, this is the second time Elbit, which tests its technology on Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation, has won a major US border surveillance contract.

The new DHS contract calls for “Integrated Fixed Tower systems” that will “assist [Border Patrol] agents in detecting, tracking, identifying and classifying items of interest” along the border. This contract largely reprises Elbit’s role in the Boeing contract. Initial installations will be in Arizona.

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Remarks by Secretary Jeh Johnson now available

DHS Logo Photo by Flickr user Raymond Yee “In the name of homeland security, we cannot sacrifice our values as a nation.” -DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

For the full video from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s speech, go here.